We encountered several other traveling couples who were dissatisfied with aspects of their tours, and we have provided them with your contact information. We will continue to recommend your services wherever possible and will definitely be back to you for any further adventures in that part of the world.
While Patricia and I are usually “independent” travelers, the experience we had with your arrangements for this voyage was well above expectations. Thanks to you, our entire trip was flawless, in every way. The partner you work with provided excellent guides and drivers. They all were personable, knowledeable about their specific areas, but most of all, very attentive to Patricia and me, insofar as our comfort and safety, a very important aspect for western travelers who have never been to this part of the world. They all contributed to our collective enjoyment of every location and activity. Even with our six hour late arrival in Bangkok and the delay at the visa desk in Hanoi, there was always someone with a clearly marked sign with our name on it when we cleared customs. A VERY comforting feeling.
The hotel choices were spot on, not only for their level of accommodation, but also for a variety of atmosphere that was a blend of modern and elegant, old-world charm. Every time we would arrive at a new hotel, we were ready for at least a week’s stay. The two of us were so grateful for the general level of friendliness and politeness in all of the hotel staffs, including the fabulous overnight on the Golden Cruise on Halong Bay. Thanks for that one!
The variety of cultural opportunities we encountered along the way has given us a very good snapshot of life in those parts of the world. It was interesting to witness which countries were making strides to take their place in this world economy and which were still experiencing significant obstacles in terms of corruption and social imbalance in their societies. The historical reality of the visit to Saigon’s War Remants Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels complex was sobering and certainly understandable as Americans.
The dinner at the Om Garden in Hue was other-worldly, first as an experience of being the only “guests” for dinner and then with the quality of food. Oh, and not to forget “Xu Restaurant and Lounge” in Saigon, which was the very best food on the trip.
While it was necessary to take so many short hops to get to all the countries, we understand it was probably the best (and perhaps only) way to get around to as many places as we wanted to see. Every flight was on time.
Thanks again very much for your expert and timely assistance on this trip. We will certainly be back to you, as we anticipate our next SE Asia adventure.